Living: Sticking to It

Japan's Wall Walker goes far

Unlike the Pet Rock, which insulted the intelligence, and Rubik's Cube, which defied it, a big new hit on the toy scene tickles the imagination and captivates the eye. The Wacky WallWalker, as it is called, is a sticky, rubber, eight-legged object that exists to be thrown at a wall or window, on which it alights, shudders, flips, turns, wriggles and lurches downward, shimmying like a pixilated octopus.

Invented and manufactured in Japan, the WallWalker has a certain Nipponese unpredictability: it never follows the same pattern twice in its...

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